Trying Times & Tantrax

This week we are exploring the Sutra:

"With the mouth slightly open, keep mind in the middle of the tongue. Or, as breath comes silently in, feel the sound 'hh'." ~Shiva / Vighyan Bhairav Tantra

What is available to you that you are not tapping into?

With the world in such a state of flux it is becoming more and more apparent that we must look within. Our attempts to manipulate change in the world around us are a hollow waste of energy when we have not yet mastered, or even explored, the world within.

Our body holds within it every aspect of the world around us. Understanding this can support our overall health and well being. Taking it a step further, if you see war in the world around you - look to where there is a war within yourself. For example; I should have worked harder, I hate my body, I didn't get it right, do it good enough, etc, etc. Accept it and acknowledge it because fighting it only creates more.

What if it wasn't about changing the world? What if peace came from accepting the world as it is? Accepting the wars, the violence, the collapse, the tragedy, alongside the love, abundance, expansion and delight?

What would your life be like if you didn't invest your energy into 'saving the environment' or 'stopping the war' or 'effecting positive change'?

What if you felt your outrage and embraced it as a part of yourself?

You might still make choices that will be good for the environment or the world, but perhaps they would come from a different place...

This week in class we will look at bringing our attention inward.

"With the mouth slightly open, keep mind in the middle of the tongue. Or, as breath comes silently in, feel the sound 'hh'." ~Shiva / Vighyan Bhairav Tantra

With all of our attention in the heart of our tongue there is no space for our thoughts, fears, issues, longings, inner wars. There is only space for what is.

We return to a resonance with nature, like that of the tree. Still, strong, no less and no more a tree no matter what is going on around it.

No matter the state of the world 'what is' remains simple and pure. It continues to be available to us no matter what is swirling around us.

Weekly Meditation: Tong-lon Tibetan Buddhist meditation:

  • This meditation can be done sitting in a comfortable seated position or for more of a challenge try doing it from a 'warrior two' yoga asana
  • See in your mind's eye everything in the world that frightens and upsets you. See the economy, see starving children, see global warming, torture, plane crashes, abuse...allow yourself to be disturbed.
  • exhale and stretch your arms our wide
  • inhale pull your hands toward each other until they come to one inch away from each other. As you inhale imagine gathering up all of these disturbing images and pulling them into your body. Everything that you would like to fight against and push away, invite it in.
  • Exhale send out a cooling, relieving breeze to anyone and anything you feel needs it
  • Repeat this movement and imagery several times, each time taking in the things that frighten and upset you and exhaling the cooling breath to the world
  • If you have been in a warrior 2 stance, change sides and repeat
  • Sit silently for a moment when you are complete
  • You may want to journal your experience...reflect on:
  1. How did that feel?
  2. What came up for you?
  3. What do you feel the purpose is of working with opposites in this way?

I encourage you to comment on your feelings about this or your experiences of the meditation here on the blog.

in love,

Charu

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Posted on October 3, 2008 and filed under Uncategorized.